As 2016 comes to an end, we reflect on a year of unpredictability, sweeping change and extraordinary loss. For some, 2016 is an auld acquaintance to be forgot and never brought to mind. But for others, it’s a welcome change and a fresh start. Either way, when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, 2017 begins and brings with it new stories and new faces. And 2016 becomes yet another “Auld Lang Syne,” a part of the past as we move forward.
Larry Wilmore has worn many comedic hats, from writer and show creator (The Bernie Mac Show) to late-night host (The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore). He joined us to process the election results, pay tribute to Gwen Ifill and share highlights from his over 25 years in television.
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Doris Kearns Goodwin knows her presidents. As America’s leading presidential historian, she’s written five critically acclaimed and best-selling presidential biographies. Her book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is revered by the likes of Steven Spielberg and President Obama. In this election week bonus episode, she joined us to help parse Donald Trump’s upset victory.
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I sat down with onetime presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, former Clinton administration senior adviser Richard Socarides, and ex-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour about the election results and the upcoming Trump presidency.
With Election Day only one day away, I talked to Zerlina Maxwell, director of progressive media at Hillary for America, about the state of the race. Tom Bevan, co-founder and publisher of RealClearPolitics, and Yahoo News Political Consultant Brian Goldsmith joined me to explain the electoral map and the votes needed for a presidential victory. Dan Klaidman, Yahoo News Deputy Editor, discussed Hillary Clinton campaign’s response to the FBI’s decision not to bring criminal charges over new emails related to Clinton’s use of a private email server.
I was joined by Colin Quinn, writer and star of “Colin Quinn: The New York Story,” who told me about his new Netflix special and his pre-election perspectives on immigration and race relations.
Nate Silver, founder and editor-in-chief of the website FiveThirtyEight, is America’s favorite statistician. His website is required reading for anyone obsessing over U.S. elections. He joined Brian and me to talk about polling methods, Comeygate and why post-election gridlock is a very safe bet.
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